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Bedok Jetty is one of Singapore’s popular haunts for saltwater fishing, and to some, the most over-fished spot in the country.

The location is favoured due to the 300-metre jetty which allows anglers to cast their rigs into the deeper waters, targeting bigger fish.

On top of that, the constant availability of White Sardinella (Tamban) and other small baitfish attract the larger predators into the area.

There is never a day without lines in the water at Bedok Jetty as there have been reports of a 25kg Cobia and a 43kg Stingray hooked up at that spot.

So if you’re planning a trip to Bedok Jetty, here are some tips for you to make it more worthwhile.

1. SUN PROTECTION

Wear sunscreen and make sure you have some form shade, such as a hat, a giant umbrella or something similar. Bedok Jetty has only a few “bus stop” shelters and they tend to fill up very fast.

2. STAY HYDRATED

Bring water: lots of it. The jetty is surprisingly long and will take you approximately 10 minutes to get from one end of the jetty, to the nearest vending machine located outside the toilets along East Coast Park.

3. BRING A GAFF

On the off-chance that you should hook a fish larger than 2kg, there is no way that you can land it without some sort of gaff or some other form of fish-retrieval device.

4. BE FRIENDLY

This should always go without saying, but some people need the reminder. Plus, if you should find yourself with a big fish, but without a gaff, and if you were friendly to the regulars around there, one of them would willingly lend you one.

5. STAY OFF THE RAILINGS

This is starting to sound like a government propaganda piece, but sitting on the railings is a serious safety hazard. Despite the “bus stops”, Bedok Jetty is not your local bus interchange: the top of the jetty is far from the water, and you can hurt yourself if you should fall off.

KNOWN SPECIES CAUGHT FROM BEDOK JETTY

  • Cobia
  • Sting Ray
  • Shovel Nose Shark
  • Barramundi
  • Golden Trevally
  • Queenfish
  • Barracuda
  • Red Snapper
  • Thread Fin
  • Fingermark Snapper
  • Spotted Grouper

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